In the ocean there are jelly fish occasionally, and very infrequently some people get stung. We do not have dangerous Jellyfish.
There are stonefish & lion fish on the seabed. They are not aggressive and you would be very unlucky to be stung.
We also have a very few skates and rays, while they can sting they are not aggressive and it is very rare to get close to them.
The kidnapping threat is very over rated. There has not been any terrorist activity in the region for many years (Since 2001). The Philippine Muslim groups have been very quiet. There is a police station on every island and regular sea patrols. The Malaysian government takes security very seriously. We get inspected by police almost every time when we travel to non tourist dive sites. All the dive resorts on Mabul, Kapali, Mataking and Pom Pom are operating normally. There are upwards of 15 dive operators & resorts with 450-700 divers in the area every day. There are 120 permits to dive on Sipadan every day and there is a huge waiting list. There are a lot of people in the region who think the terrorist threat is very minor.
Where TRACC operates the resort is full with visitors from all over the world about half of every month. We are next to the small 3 star resort on Pom Pom Island. the larger resort on this island and the next one – Mataking both like to think they are 5 star, they charge a lot more. We are also 50km from Sipadan so are unlikely to be a target. TRACC normally has 3-10 volunteers from lots of different countries. The TRACC camp is also hidden and access is limited, most people who walk along the beach do not realise that our camp exisits.
There is no risk of car accidents and realistically there is more chance of mugging, kidnapping or terrorism in any western capital.